High or Low: Spring Shoe Styles

Whether money is no object or you're on a tight budget, get a jumpstart on this season's new crop of sandals for a winning new look.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 25, 2010

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The best part about these sky high Jimmy Choo
Quito snakeskin shoe boots($1,295)
aren’t the pencil thin heels or the fun strappy style but the sexy snakeskin material.

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If you really love those sky high snakeskin shoes but don’t want to pay the towering price, try these Michael Antonio Treva Reptile Platform Sandals ($67.95) in a cute aqua shade instead.

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One of the hottest trends this spring will definitely be the caged sandal bootie! The Alejandro Ingelmo “Bianca” Platform Zip Booties ($525) comes in a plethora of colors – perfect for those cute mini skirts you’ll soon be rocking.

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An edgier (and cheaper) alternative to the caged sandal bootie trend is the DV Dolce Vita “Cougar” High Heel Studded Leather Sandals ($110).

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Ditch your traditional slingback pumps and opt instead for a platform wedge. We love these Bottega Veneta Platform leather sandals ($1,350).

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The MICHAEL Michael Kors Niki CrissCross Sandal
is another chic way to to rock the slingback platform look.

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Don’t be afraid to show of those pretty ankles with these Giuseppe Zanotti black patent ankle strap platform sandals ($556).

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The Banan Heel in Black ($140) by BeBe are an equally stylish alternative to the peep toe heel trend.

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Jazz up an otherwise blah black t-strap sandal with a ruffly texture like the Badgley Mischka “Randee” Rosette T-Strap Silk Platform Stiletto Sandals ($140).

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You’ll have no problem dancing the night away in these textured Steve Madden Fiesstaa -Black Satin ($81) heels.

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A comfy (yet cute) alternative to a strappy, sky high sandal are the Michael Kors leather braided espadrille wedges ($750) since they can usually be worn for both work and play.

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An equally chic, comfy and cheaper way to rock the espadrille look are the Michael Kors Violet Espadrille, natural ($195).

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A dressy play on a classic wedge, the Diane Von Furstenberg Opal leather wedge sandals ($295) can easily flow with a short or long skirt during the warmer seasons.

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The Aldo Copney Women’s Wedges Sandals ($55) features ankle high patent leather straps on a comfy wedge heel.

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Throw on the Yves Saint Laurent black leather ‘Tribute’ studded platform sandals ($716) for an updated way to rock the classic sky high patent leather sandal.

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Or you can rock the same look (while saving mega bucks!) with the Charlotte Russe Studded Cuff Platforms ($32.99).